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“Knockout Kings” on Tuesday, July 17 announced their respective bouts taking place on Saturday, September 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on SHOWTIME®.
Mexican Independence Day weekend will come alive in one-of-a-kind fashion on Saturday, September 15 when “Knockout Kings” featuring undefeated Mexican sensation Canelo Alvarez Taking on boxing’s breakout star and upset-minded Josesito Lopez for Canelo’s World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Welterweight World Championship, Takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, live on SHOWTIME. Fans can expect fireworks all night long With The Unparalleled quadruple-header, Which Also features WBC Featherweight World Champion Jhonny Gonzalez against Former champion Daniel Ponce De Leon.
Canelo Alvarez, WBC Super Welterweight World Champion
“I want to thank all of the fans who are here. This is going to be a great fight…a great event. I am very happy with this fight.
“I think Josesito Lopez won his way here. He won his way to getting this shot September 15th.
“I am not going to be over confident. I know that inside that ring, there is no opponent that can be taken lightly. I am going to train very hard for this fight so I can come out victorious. I am very happy to be representing Mexico and on September 15th, we will be yelling ‘Viva Mexico!’”
Josesito Lopez, Breakout Super Welterweight Star
“September 15th is a very big day in boxing. We will have championship fights with great fighters on SHOWTIME.
“I will train my hardest. I trained really hard for the great opportunity I had on June 23rd. On September 15th I have an even bigger opportunity with an even bigger fighter.
“All I can do is train as hard as I can and give it my all. September 15th, the better man will win.”
Johnny Gonzalez, WBC Featherweight World Champion
“It is going to be a great fight. This is for all of the Mexicans, but it’s going to be special for everyone.
“As a world champion, I want to face nothing but the best. I think Ponce De Leon is one of the best and that is why he is getting this opportunity.”
Daniel Ponce De Leon, Former World Champion
“I am very happy to be fighting on September 15th and to be fighting for a world title.
“I have been waiting for a long time for an opportunity like this. I have been number one in the world for a while in different organizations and I am going to take full advantage of this fight.”
Marcos Maidana, Former World Champion
“What can I say about Soto Karass? He’s a good fighter and a tough fighter.
“I like fighting in Las Vegas. Soto Karass is a very good fighter. He is a tough fighter. Thank you.”
Jesus Soto Karass, Welterweight Contender
“I want to thank Golden Boy Promotions and Marcos Maidana for this opportunity. I am going to be ready.
“Maidana is one of the greatest fighters in this weight [class].
“I have to train hard for this fight because I know it is going to be a hard fight. I will be prepared.
“Hopefully everyone has a chance to come to Las Vegas on September 15th. I will put on a good show.”
Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions
“This fight is called ‘Knockout Kings.’ For an extra incentive, the best knockout of the night gets an extra 100,000 dollars. The fans at home are going to vote on who deserves 100,000 dollars. They can only see it on SHOWTIME.
“Josesito Lopez has the desire and the heart. He is living that ‘Rocky Moment.’ I am sure that Team Canelo is training very serious for this very serious challenge.”
Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions
“This card will be like a pay-per-view, but the good news is that you won’t have to pay for it. It will be like a free-per-view.
“Heart counts for a lot in boxing. We told Canelo that he better be careful because Josesito is going to come to win. He is going to come to break Canelo’s jaw just like he did with Victor Ortiz. Josesito Lopez has earned my respect. He is an amazing fighter.
“This is boxing. In boxing, you never know what can happen. These two guys are true warriors who deserve to fight on this day. Josesito Lopez has earned the right to fight Canelo Alvarez and he has earned it the hard way, with his fists.”
Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports
“On September 15th, we have the biggest new star in boxing in Canelo Alvarez. We have the most inspiring story in Josesito Lopez. We have some of the biggest punchers in the sport in Jhonny Gonzalez, Daniel Ponce de Leon, Marcos Maidana and Jesus Soto Karass. My goal is to deliver the best fights to the broadest possible audience and we are doing just that on September 15th.
“We won’t gauge you on prices. This is free on SHOWTIME. It will be a night to remember. Don’t miss it.”
Ken Thompson, President of Thompson Boxing Promotions
“A great fight doesn’t happen by accident. You have to have great promoters to put their life into this thing. That is what makes it all happen.
“Josesito is without question the greatest fighter on the earth today. When he gets in the ring, he is dangerous. He breaks your jaw. He is exciting. He knocks you out. He is fast. He dazzles you. He is smart. He confuses you. He is ready. He is going to win the fight on September 15th.”
Boxing News in Brief: Friday July 15th 2011, for: Canelo Alvarez vs Alfonso Gomez, Kaliesha West joins HG Boxing, Escobedo vs Hernandex – July 16, Zab Judah vs Amir Khan – July 23, Chisora vs Fury – July 23, Wach and Bride – July 29
- Canelo Alvarez vs Alfonso Gomez
According to Alfonso Gomez himself (via his Facebook page) and Boxrec.com, it will be the former “Contender” star who will be the next challenger for WBA 154-pound champ Saul Alvarez. The date being spoken of is September 17th; the venue The Staples Centre in L.A. September 17th is of course the night superstar Floyd Mayweather Junior will return to the ring, against reigning WBC welterweight ruler Victor Ortiz, and there has been talk of both cards being available to fans on a Pay-Per-View basis. With Erik Morales also fighting on the Mayweather-Ortiz “Star Power” card (against Britain’s Anthony Crolla), it will be some night if fans get to see all three big fights. (James Slater)
- Wach and Bride – July 29
During Thursday’s press conference in Boston’s “The GreatestBar,”, undefeated 6’8 heavyweight contender Mariusz Wach faced his biggest foe when he met 6’6 Kevin “The Clones Colossus” McBride for the first time. Both of them will meet again – for real this time – on July 29 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The 10-round heavyweight fight for the WBC International title will be the co-featured bout in “Heat Wave,” which is presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports and Global Boxing.
- Escobedo vs Hernandex – July 16
In an IBF featherweight elimination bout, Mexico City’s Eduardo “Canilla” Escobedo (31-3, 22KOs) will once again face Joksan “Torito” Hernandez (22-3, 14KOs) of Ensenada, Mex, on Saturday night from the Olympic Coliseum located at the University of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mex. The twelve round main event headlines the “Puños de Hierro (Fists of Steel)” fight card presented by HG Boxing. The contest will mark the two Mexican warriors face each other. The first time back in January of 2010, Escobedo was awarded a unanimous decision over the always tough Hernandez with scores of 97-93, 97-92 and 96-93.
- Zab Judah vs Amir Khan – July 23
IBF light welterweight champion Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KO’s) expects his huge experience and skill advantage to be too much for WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KO’s) in their important unification clash on July 23. Judah acknowledges that the 24-year-old Khan is a very skilled fighter with fast hands. However, Judah sees himself as having superior skills and Khan to be to inexperienced to be able to handle in this fight.
- Chisora vs Fury – July 23
British and Commonwealth heavyweight Champion Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) puts his belts on the line Saturday night, July 23 against undefeated challenger Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KOs) in the 12-round main event at Wembley Arena in London.
- Kaliesha West joins HG Boxing
WBO bantamweight champion Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West (13-1-3, 4 KOs) has signed with Hector Garcia of HG Boxing. She will make her debut with HG Boxing on August 20th in the semi-main event which is headlined by former WBA super featherweight champion Juan Carlos Salgado battling mandatory challenger Argenis Mendez for the vacant IBF super featherweight title.
Latest Boxing News in Brief – Friday, June 17, 2011 – for: Felix Sturm wraps up his training, Pacquiao vs Mayweather lawsuit update, Fernando Guerrero and Steve “2 Pound” Forbes, Froch vs. Ward, Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez, Happy Birthday “Mano de Piedra” Duran, Helenius vs. Liakhovich, Maidana vs. Guerrero, Conyers replaces Yorgey
- Felix Sturm wraps up his training
Three-time middleweight champion and current WBA middleweight super world champion Felix Sturm has wrapped up his training for his upcoming fight against the Irishman Matthew Macklin on June 25 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, today. Preparing for his tenth title defense, Sturm engaged in an intense sparring session and finished his workout on the heavy bag. In an interview with fightnews.com, Strum said: “I really don’t think we’ll go the distance. The fight will end in the second half. With the tempo and intensity this fight is going to have, it can’t possibly last the distance. Somebody will break down later on”.
- Pacquiao vs Mayweather lawsuit update
Today, Federal Magistrate Judge Robert Johnston denied an Emergency Motion filed by Floyd Maywather Jr. and ordered Mayweather to give sworn testimony under oath, beginning tomorrow, June 17. Mayweather is being sued by pound-for-pound champion and Congressman Manny Pacquiao based on Mayweather’s defamatory statements accusing Pacquiao of taking performance-enhancing drugs.
- Fernando Guerrero and Steve “2 Pound” Forbes
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights presented by Corona Extra will originate from Austin, Texas June 17 at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com when undefeated junior middleweight Fernando Guerrero (21-0, 16 KOs) and former International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior lightweight champion Steve “2 Pound” Forbes (35-9, 11 KOs) are featured in co-main events. Friday’s fights will take place at the Erwin Center. Guerrero, coming off a February 10-round decision win over Derrick Findley, will be taking on Oklahoma’s Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer and Forbes, a former IBF junior lightweight champion will take on San Francisco’s Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (13-0-1, 8 KO’s). Forbes is looking to rebound after a February sixth-round technical decision loss against Jo Jo Dan on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
- Froch vs. Ward
The Super Six tournament finals bout between WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KO’s) and WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (28-1, 20 Ko’s) is tentatively set for October 29th with the fight likely to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez
The talking is over, the hard training is done and now it’s time to fight. This Saturday, June 18, at Arena Vicente Fernandez in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Welterweight World Champion Canelo Alvarez will make his first title defense and put his amazing 36-0-1 record on the line against veteran contender Ryan Rhodes, who is determined to make sure that his first world title shot in nearly 12 years won’t go to waste.
- Happy Birthday “Mano de Piedra” Duran
Panamanian ring legend Roberto “Mano de Piedra” Duran celebrates his 60th birthday. Roberto Carlos Duran Samaniego was born on June 16, 1951 in Panama City and went to win world titles in the lightweight, welterweight, super welterweight and middleweight divisions with 22 world title fights. Duran fought in the five decades, the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000. He was immortalized in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY in 2007.
- Helenius vs. Liakhovich
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Robert Helenius (15-0, 10 KO’s) will be fighting former WBO heavyweight champion Sergei Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KO’s) on August 27th. The two were supposed to have fought next month in July but Helenius injured his hand while training and will need extra time to get get ready.
- Conyers replaces Yorgey
Hard-hitting jr middleweight Allen Conyers steps in for the injured Harry Joe Yorgey when he takes on Gabriel Rosado in the scheduled 10-round main event Friday evening, July 15, at Bally’s Atlantic City. Yorgey sustained a shoulder injury in training Monday evening and will be out of action for three months. Conyers, 35, has derailed the careers of several promising fighters including James De La Rosa and Derek Ennis. By comparison, Rosado lost a 12-round decision to Ennis last summer for the USBA junior middleweight title.
- Maidana vs. Guerrero
Two time world champion Robert Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KO’s) has reportedly signed the contract to face WBA light welterweight interim champion Marcos Maidana (30-2, 27 KO’s) on August 27th at the HP Pavilion, in San Jose, CA. Maidana has agreed to the contract and will be signing as well for the fight.